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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

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1,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 1351
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Michelob AmberBock is brewed using 100% malt including dark-roasted black and caramel malts and all-imported hops.

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Photo of pBRale


2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: The deepest amber clear pour with a two-finger off white head that settles quickly and leaves a couple of rings of lace behind.

Smell: There are some nice toasty and caramel malts on the nose, but not a whole lot else. What is there, while not complex, is pleasant.

Taste: Toasty malt, fizziness, some caramel malt in the aftertaste. There is not much hop presence anywhere in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, medium carbonation, and a decent finish. Drinkable to say the least.

Overall: An okay beer. Perhaps a bit sub-par, but it is one of the better attempts of a macrobrewery to produce craft beer. Not bad, and certainly very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:53:47 | More by pBRale
Photo of mttfrog13

New York

3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance = nice amber color

smell = smells malty with a bit of fruitiness

taste = It's good but somehow tastes very "normal". It is very earthy and a bit malty, with a bit of fruitness, but the only other noticeable thing about the taste is that it is, in fact, a beer.

mouthfeel = medium bodied, very drinkable beer.

overall = I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, but while it wasn't bad, but I probably won't drink it again, because it wasn't very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:10:17 | More by mttfrog13
Photo of mdvatab


3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Bottle dated 11230 (230th day of 2011)

Aroma: Very light and sweet. Some freshly-cut red delicious apple, carmelized sugar, a hint of coconut (which was a surprise), and a very light noble hop note.

Appearance: Nice 1.5 finger off-white head stays around a little while, and leaves decent lacing. Body of the beer is, well, amber. One of my favorite things about A-B beers is the clarity-- crystal clear!

Flavor: A combination of toffee and the sweetness that you get when you bite into a red delicious apple. I know an apple note can sometimes point to a diacetyl issue, but I don't think this is the case here. This beer has more of a floral/fruity apple note as opposed to a tart green apple flavor. Bitterness is just enough to provide balance to the sweetness. Again, a light noble hop note at end, and then a crisp finish. I noted the excellent clarity above, but I fear that the filtering used to accomplish this has also stripped away some of the positive flavor attributes...

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Probably a bit on the high side for a bock. Body is medium light, which is probably low for the style.

Overall: Definitely a highly-sessionable brew that goes very well with food. Ironically, I used to think of this one as a heavier beer, but now comes across as being a bit on the watery side. Nonetheless, this one's always good in a pinch, and is one of my favorite A-B offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 19:20:54 | More by mdvatab
Photo of TippySelenoid


3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

It's a dark brown with a ring of cream colored head.

Faint roasted malt smell. Very faint.

Roasted malt and very sweet. Not much for hops.

Rather watery, light bodied.

Overall, I've got a soft spot for this beer. It was the first beer I remember actually enjoying all those years ago. It hasn't held up too well since my beer tastes have matured. Not a bad beer though. It's not something that I can really relax with anymore, but something to reminisce over.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:49:02 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of thevanillaninja

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I like to rate a Beer as per it's class, not overall. This one falls into ABC Beers, cheap, and sometimes OK.

I normally enjoy this Beer over anything else that's on-tap if it's about the same price as the normal "domestic" choices. If I was tired of Miller Lite, bud light, mich ultra.. all the classic draft Beers but I wanted something cheap, I'd go this way. I picked up a 12'er today at the local grocery store. For the first time, I thought I should review it.

With a crafted, purposeful pour, it can make a pretty good head as stated by the label on the neck. That said, it loses all of it's spritz from this, and a lot of zest is gone from it. It goes from a nice, light, OK bock-style lager to mediocre drinking grub, and that ruins a lot it had going for it. I almost prefer Mich Light to this when it's lost its fizz, but that's another story. Straight out of the bottle, it's good. Otherwise... not so much.

Lesson learned - stick to keeping it in the bottle. If it's less than $7 a pitcher - wonderful! Otherwise, I wouldn't pay more than $10 a 12'er.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:02:36 | More by thevanillaninja
Photo of Scotchboy


3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap, served in a pilsner glass.

A: Clear, dark caramel color a lot like a thin root beer, with a decent amount of carbonation. The head is wispy and white and disappears quickly.

S: Smells like a watery lager, but not repulsive; sweet and malty with a decent amount of caramel. Some fruity dry yeast esters and a little nuttiness.

T: More watery, sweet malt character here...pretty easy drinking and not unpleasant. Bready and biscuity, with a lot of caramel character and just the smallest amount of hop bitterness.

MF: Thin feel with good carbonation, wet and watery and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

O: Meh, not as bad as I assumed it would be. Under the right circumstances (i.e. no other craft options, paired with food, etc.) I could drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 22:32:27 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of MbpBugeye


1.25/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well, you can't accuse this beer of looking like other beers that have made AB-InBev so famous, well, almost. The characteristics of the head and ensuing carbonation don't venture far from Anheuser's comfort zone. The bottle claims this will pour with a tall head. Uh, tall head? Compared to what? A flat keg at a frat house? Ohhh, no! Now I see what they mean by tall head, there is a few ghostly wisps of foam that don't fully dissipate. *eyeroll*. The beer is perfectly clear when backlight, a sign of the filtering, pasteurization, filtering, filtering, pasteurization, some crazy method for filtering that I've never heard of and pasteurization. But its a red-purple color.

It starts off smelling a lot like a typical adjuncted lager, and ends up smelling pretty much the same. No rich bock fruitiness, but lots and lots of grain and corn meal. Notions of caramel scented additives are here, but in moderation.

Sweet. Ok, Bocks are often sweet. But Bocks never have such artificial flavors in them. The stuff is mainly maize grits, popcorn kernels, grape drink underattenuation and soda syrup.

The typical Anheuser water thickness with pins and needles carbonation. It numbs the tongue, but I think that's what ends up making this stuff drinkable.

The last time I've had this stuff was from the very bottom of a keg at a bar back home in Wheeling. That glass was proof that they use some sort of artificial flavoring or coloring here. That glass tasted like pure caramel flavored soda syrup. As if it had all settled to the bottom of the keg over the month or so it took them to sell it all. It was horrible. This stuff is a safer bet in the bottle, but a much, much worse value. Don't buy it, its mocking the craft beer world. Its fitting that the rest of the BA community finds it suitable for a C though.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:17:19 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


1.08/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I usually stay away from BMC but I thought I'd give this one a try since it was cheap and I like bock style. I should have known better than to be so easily mislead. This beer is terrible, let me explain why.

The beer pours a totally flat stained wood mahogany color. Notice that the stain color isn't good. This beer seems dangerous and oddly unnatural. The head is a dull beige. Fizzy and quickly disseminates. The label on the beer says it pours a tall head. That's a tall tale.

I smell poor quality grain malts. Adjunct malts. Corn and rice. A typical AB product. There is a slight roasted smell. A distant smell of low quality coffee and sugar. There is a nauseous alcohol smell. There are no discernable hops.

This beer taste poor. The malts are so heavy handed and brash they leave no room for the flavor to develop. This taste nothing like the bock's I am used to. The alcohol isn't well concealed. I call this the King Cobra Bock. I can't drink this.

The mouthfeel is harsh and poorly balanced. It's too carbonated for the style and finishes with the typical AB "ugh" taste.

Totally undrinkable psuedo bock. I would rather just drink a Bud light. I highly discourage the drinking of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 07:36:03 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

1.93/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Very fizzy like soda. orangish light brown like watered down rum and coke. dirty white initial head that fizzes out in a hurry.

S: Still evokes a lot of BMC piss lager smell for being a "bock". No real depth, just a little brown sugar at the end. Edit: warms into somewhat of a deeper molasses-like bock

T: Tastes almost like keystone. Might have to drain pour this. Prolly gonna drain pour this. Edit: gets better as it warms to fill more of a bock body

M: Effervescent alright.

O: Saving these for guests

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:44:38 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of CS1971

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two things I love equally, saving money and drinking good beer. For the price, I really like this beer. I love amber beers, and this as a great roasty type flavor that makes me feel like I am drinking something more special than most American beers. I like it.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2011 01:04:45 | More by CS1971
Photo of ZenAgnostic


2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA pokal. Label marked 11195 DE 2 7. Whatever the fuck that means. I guess that's an encrypted date/batch?

Appearance - Dark amber body. Offwhite head with low-medium retention. Very weak lace.

Smell - Musky husky corn. Medium bodied.

Taste - Slight malt in front. Low-moderate astringency through-ought. Slight coffee. Weak. But not off flavors. Nothing memorable. Enjoyable. Light bodied.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Feels like coffee that got cold. Slightly frothy.

Overall Drinkability - Meh. I remember it being better. One of the beers that started to show me that there exists things other than American Adjunct Lagers. Guess I really grew out of it though because while it's not bad, it's pretty disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 06:13:10 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was the best option i saw at a bar in bloomington-normal (mcgwire's?). served from a pitcher to a chilled mug, which i actually welcomed on a blazing hot humid sweaty day.
A: almost cola-brown color. off-white/light tan head is fleeting. no haze or sediment.
S: muted. some caramel and nuts, a bit of light roastiness.
T: very refreshing for a darker beer, which is what i needed after sweating 2 gallons in the previous 3 hours. would this have come off as good on a chilly day? unlikely. lightly sweet toasted nutty malts, very little to no hop presence or bitterness, yet manages to finish crisp and clean. ample Co2 and cold serving temp probably helps in this regard.
M: just over light-bodied. nice and frothy if a bit thin.
O: a very easygoing darker bock.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 18:16:51 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of BEERME528


3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite Michelob brew. The smell is fairly average for an Amber Bock. The caramel taste is subtle but still noticeable and it goes down easily. Dark beers typically fill me up quickly but this felt a little lighter then most Bock beers that I have consumed. I enjoyed this and will most likely purchase again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 13:57:12 | More by BEERME528
Photo of kflorence


2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JAN 18, 2008

Tried this at a Mexican restaurant awhile back because all of their other beers were pale lagers, and I’m not a fan of pale lagers. Poured dark, smelled of burnt malts and caramel. Tasted thick, malty with slight caramel and hop presence. Nothing special, but better than drinking pale lagers.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 04:23:15 | More by kflorence
Photo of ckollias


2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark mahogany lager with amber highlights with a thin white one-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Mild malty aroma with a mild caramel background. Not much here in aroma department.

T: Slightly sweet taste with a mild roasted malt flavor. Hops blended in the background but again not much here.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Sort of a weak example of a bock. Although if I had to choose between this and a busch beer this would win hands down.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:37:06 | More by ckollias
Photo of barleyman


2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think the appearance is pretty much the best attribute of this beer. The smell is not much to write home about. The taste is acceptable. The mouthfeel is acceptable. Overall, I guess this is about as good as AB gets. I can enjoy this beer if poured into a straight sided tumbler.

just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:24:50 | More by barleyman
Photo of lwillitz


3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 1 finger of slightly-off-white head over a completely transparent dark amber/brown body

S - faint smell of roasted malt with a fainter smell of grassy hops; hint of caramel

T - simple caramel malt sweetness complemented by simple hop bitterness; nuts; not very complex

M - light-medium body; high carbonation

O - Not much of a bock. If you are looking for a good bock, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 02:20:19 | More by lwillitz
Photo of Knapp85


3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the only Michelob brew I'd willingly buy. But even with saying that it'd be a long shot. The beer pours out as a really deep amber, it's pretty much brown. The head is tan and fades within a couple minutes. The smell is slightly sweet with a good amount of malt coming through. The taste is dry and sweet. It's roasted and has a very light wooden flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost medium bodied. The beer is approachable and drinkable for sure. But it's still a Michelob.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 03:04:54 | More by Knapp85
Photo of obywan59


2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was left to me by a guest of last weeks dinner party.

Pours a not-unattracive amberish hue with a 2 1/2 finger very light tan, short-lived head that leaves barely any lacing at all. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising throughout.

A bit stinky. Some light citrus or metallic aroma, with an occasional whiff of popcorn, which makes me think this one is slightly skunked. Sweet smell of malt.

A bit on the sweet side. Some light metallics again. Kind of odd and starchy in the end.

Moderately thick. It has a starchy feel to it. Somewhat sticky. Plenty of tingle and some warming alcohol in the chest.

I was in a hurry, so I chilled it hard in the freezer. My first beer was too cold. It seemed to improve as it warmed, so I knocked the overall up from a 2.5.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 03:07:18 | More by obywan59
Photo of GossageBrewery


3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draft into a mug. This Bock beer poured a very clear dark reddish brown color. It produced a thin white head that had poor head retention. There was a very small amount of thin lacing left behind. The aroma was a soft malty smell, maybe a sight amount of toasted malt. The bock tasted sweet and there was not much of a toasted malt flavor that you would expect from a bock beer. There is a very slight hint of hop bitterness. I would classify this as having a light to medium body. This beer is a nothing more then a gateway beer- if used for that purpose fine, but its good for not much else. This does not hold a candle to Shiner Bock.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 16:04:54 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of Lemke10


3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Pizza Pub in Ashland, WI while on vacation in Spring 2011.

Pours a medium dark color with a less than average head of foam for a tap beer and it also diminished quickly. About the only scent I could gather was a little bit of a malt scent. Had a fairly mild taste of malts with about an average texture to it. A decent beer for Anheuser-Busch, but doesn't stand a chance against a craft brewery's bock.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 01:43:28 | More by Lemke10
Photo of FanofHefe


2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a pilsener glass. Light brown body that lets plenty of light through. One finger light tan head that looks good at first, but fades pretty fast and leaves no lacing.

Very little going on in the aroma department. Just a hint of toasted malt.

Very thin in flavor as well. As in the aroma, just a touch of dark malt. But thin is definitely the word to describe it. Take a decent bock, and cut it in half or more and you get something like this.

Marked it up just a notch in mouthfeel because it is so easy to drink, being nearly flavorless and all. Will not seek this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 00:16:31 | More by FanofHefe
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3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.A darker tanish- light brown,though not too dark, but lacking a good head. Still not terrible.

Smelled slightly malty, but still light at the same time, with the alcohol breaking through a little stronger than Id expect of it. Doesn't smell like a typical bock but nice in its own way.

The taste was a pleasant surprise compared to the smell. Not that it smelled bad, but It tasted better than I expected it to. Slightly sweet at first with a malty caramel tone, followed by a hint of burnt notes.

It was thicker than expected as well, but not overly so. Goes down nice and smooth.

Overall it is a decent beer. I would not rate it extremely high but it is much better than I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:05:28 | More by TheZakOne
Photo of ElCommodoro


1.83/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is more lacking in flavour than many water beers I've had. It's a terrible bock. It tastes mostly like carbonation. I didn't know that could be such an over-powering flavour. The only other flavour present is a bit of a starchiness. At least it's not overly-sweet but god damn, there's really nothing in this. Shiner is several times better than this as is any other bock.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 02:19:22 | More by ElCommodoro
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Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle with no date poured into a mug. Sandy head starts at 3/4 inch but fades quickly to nothing. Beer is crystal clear and chestnut color with a lot of red in there.

"Thin" is the first word that comes to mind to describe both aroma and taste. Sure, it fits the style due to lack of hops, but the heavy malt character is all but missing. Carbonation is way too high, and whatever sweetness resides in the flavor disappears as fast as you can drink it.

This has always been my go-to draft beer at McCoy Stadium, and I'll probably still choose it over Bud, Coors Light, etc. In that setting it's very drinkable, but as I take a closer look, there just isn't much to it. It doesn't taste bad, it's just blah.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 17:24:02 | More by coachdonovan
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.